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Colloquium for Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting 2012, to be held in Philadelphia, PA 5th-8th January 2012.
Title: The Economic Role of Greek Fineware Pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean.
While quantitative studies on the location, use, amount, and artistic value of ancient ceramics abound, few of them take the further step of examining the role that the production and distribution of ceramics had within the context of economic transactions. In this session we seek to draw together recent work on the way in which Greek fineware is being used to trace economic connections and mechanisms of trade in all regions of the Mediterranean from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. The focus on fineware pottery aims to encourage considerations of economic transactions that deal with neither high-end “luxuries” nor basic subsistence goods. We are particularly interested in contributions which use specific case-studies to advance the understanding of the ancient economy through fineware distribution and use.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 15 or 20 minute papers to Catherine Cooper (clc61 AT cam.ac.uk) and Ulrike Krotscheck (ulrikek T evergreen.edu) before March 1st, 2011. Also feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Presenters should be prepared to attend the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Philadelphia 5th -8th January 2012.